Support the Alliance of Non-Himalayan Nuns
& A Special Tribute
Worldwide, non-Himalayan nuns play an important role in maintaining and transmitting Vajrayana Buddha Dharma

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo heads a meeting of the Alliance of Non-Himalayan Nuns at Tushita, McLeod Ganj, India.
Dear Friends,
Supporting nuns who come from areas outside the traditional Tibetan/Himalayan cultures associated with Vajrayana Buddhism (non-Himalayan nuns) is an investment in the future of the Dharma in the West. It helps to create the causes and conditions for great non-Himalayan teachers, like Jetsunma, to arise, as well as numerous skilled practitioners. 

Nuns play a uniquely important role in the continued practice of authentic Vajrayana Buddha Dharma, especially at this time when it is often transmitted in non-traditional venues. The Alliance of Non-Himalayan Nuns (ANHN) aims to support these nuns in their journey to be of ultimate benefit to all sentient beings.

In the traditional Himalayan communities, lay people typically support monastics. Those ordained outside of these communities often face daunting circumstances and struggle to remain in robes and hold true to their vows. It is estimated as many as 75% of these monastics are forced to give back their vows and robes in the face of these challenges. 
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo with other non-Himalayan Nuns at Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery Temple, India.
Left to Right: Tsunma Aileen (Ireland/Australia), Tsunma Tenzin Pamo (Netherlands), Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (England), Tsunma Tenzin Dasel (USA) & Tsunma Tenzin Yanki (Russia)
There is true joy in generously supporting our Dharma sisters who are called to engaged in a monastic life and uphold the teachings and practices of the Vajrayana path. 
We are part of a larger global Buddhist community. Please support non-Himalayan nuns in their efforts to be of ultimate benefit to all by donating to our Alliance of Non-Himalayan Nuns (ANHN) project.
With love and gratitude,

Caterina, Chrysanne, Linda and May Ling
DGL Initiatives Board of Directors

NOTE: To learn more about the Alliance on Non-Himalayan Nuns please visit their dedicated website here .
by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
I first met Lodro Palmo in the mid-1960s when she visited us in Dalhousie in North India. At that time she was still Linda Talbot and was on her way to Japan having just retired from the Peace Corps. Later she returned and received ordination from Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche, and given the name Lodro Palmo.  Thus she was my oldest Dharma sister.  We were together in Kathmandu when we heard of the passing of our root Lama, Khamtrul Rinpoche, at the age of 48.
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo with her oldest dharma sister, Ani Lodro Palmo (from the USA). Photo taken in Lahaul, India, in 1975.
Throughout the years Lodro travelled around seeking teachings and empowerments from various great Lamas such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dudjom Rinpoche. She also undertook numerous retreats and at the instigation of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse she had built a Kadampa-style stupa at the sacred mountain of WuTai Shan in North China.
In later years Lodro suffered from severe health issues but her devotion to the Dharma never wavered.  Her death in the presence of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche with many auspicious signs and the blessings of many lamas, is the culmination of a life dedicated to her spiritual path.
Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the United States. For USA residents your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 
DGL Initiatives supports the mission of our Spiritual Director, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. We are dedicated to improving the education standards and living conditions of Tibetan Buddhist female monastics and their communities.
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